Gena Lew Gong is an APAWLI sister from the Class of 2002 who was honored as one of Marjoree Mason’s Top 10 Women of the Year. We are so incredibly proud of Gena and excited to share a link to her acceptance speech posted on Facebook.
Gena Lew Gong is the Board President of Central California Asian Pacific Women, a nonprofit organization with a 38-year history of empowering generations of Asian Pacific Islander women in the Central Valley. She has extensive experience working in Los Angeles area nonprofit organizations, including serving as Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Community Fund; Director of Development for A New Way of Life Reentry Project; Program Director for Community Partners; and Director of Public Policy and Communications for Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP).
In recognition of her nonprofit leadership, Gena was recently selected as one of the 2018 Top Ten Professional Women by the Marjaree Mason Center in Fresno. She is a Lecturer in Critical Thinking and Asian American Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Fresno State, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership with CSU Fresno and CSU Channel Islands. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from UC San Diego and her M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University.
Central California Asian Pacific Women (CCAPW) was founded in 1980 and continues to thrive as the only pan-Asian women's organization addressing the needs and concerns of Asian Pacific Islander (API) women in the Central Valley. Over its lifetime, CCAPW has granted more than $204,000 in scholarships to low-income, API women to attend the college or graduate school of their choice; the vast majority of these recipients have been first-generation college students. CCAPW also recently completed its 5th year of working to eradicate domestic violence by convening forums to educate and raise awareness about the prevalence of this problem and, in particular, how it impacts Fresno's API communities.